Growing participation and engagement

On Tuesday 5th June 2018, members of the public met with the Scottish Government and Open Government Network to discuss the ideas that they had for creating a more open, transparent and participative government in Scotland. Conversations were grouped under four priority areas, one of which was 'Growing participation and engagement.' A number of actions were listed by attendees:

  • Need to look at where people get information now and improve opportunities – points of access and better formats.
  • More visual presentation of information.
  • Plainer language.
  • Being creative about where and how information is shared.
  • Could involve more/better use of data but in more accessible ways eg info graphics and explanatory notes.

Why the contribution is important

  • More participation is needed.
  • Needs more education and knowledge about how to influence change.
  • Requiring understanding about who has influence and how this can be accessed/shared.
  • Better relationships between politicians, and the public - individually and collectively in groups.
  • Need to improve democratic process with more dialogue and working together.
  • More transparency about who lobbies government, and why, is needed.
  • Results of change processes need to be available and in accessible form

by PaulBradley on June 08, 2018 at 12:30PM

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  • Posted by Swannie July 27, 2018 at 14:08

    Participation is a big deal at the moment and it can sometimes feel as though some groups are being asked to participate in conversations and consultations over and over, whilst others have no idea these are going on.

    Perhaps there is a way to find a balance and truely hear everybody's voice.

    I also feel, however that people will happily complain or make their point known, but are doing so in an unproductive way that means that their opinions aren't actually making their way to the right place or people (e.g. they'll post on social media rather that participating in a consultation or writing to councillors/MSP's)

    I 100% agree that there "Needs more education and knowledge about how to influence change", I certainly wan't taught anything about this at school!
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